04 July 2016
One of the popular products of Google is Google Cast. It can be found in all Android TV devices now. And with that, Google Cast, which was earlier known as Chromecast, also looks to expand now with the latest input from I/O yesterday. In late February, Google got into a partnership with Vizio to get the initial lot of displays. Following that, there is a handsome line of TVs from pretty popular and well-known companies like Philips, Magnavox, Polaroid, Westinghouse and Toshiba.
The best thing now is that all the Google Cast devices like speakers, displays, Chromecast Audio, etc. will get support from Google Cast app. The number of Cast-enabled apps mounts to more 1000. That’s why it is virtually impossible to say that a Cast device can’t be set up.
Another popular service from Google is Android TV. Games, shows, movies, you name it and you have it on Android TV. With Android being a pretty popular OS itself, it didn’t take time for Android TV to follow suit. Today, there are millions on Android TV users in the world. With the latest I/O taking place, Google announced an expansion in TVs as well as set-top boxes. The addition will increase with Sony BRAVIA (2016) and Net Player from Sharp being added. Xiaomi also added its 4K set-top box to the Android TV family.
This is only the hardware part of the story. As for the apps – the software part – there are now literally thousands of apps available. A new range of apps is now visiting Android TV like MTV, CNN, Comedy Central, WATCH ABC, ESPN, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior and Freedom, just to name a few. In fact, there are more of them making the list even bigger. The advent of Android N will further simplify the process of viewing your favorite TV shows.
What you expect to get is this:
- Picture-in-Picture: lets users play video while browsing other content.
- Recording APIs: brings recording functionality to live TV.
- High Dynamic Range: supports the next frontier in 4K UHD video.